Curtis Brown, Ltd.
My Manuscript Wish List
I am actively building a list of YA and MG fiction and narrative nonfiction. Fantasy is my first love, but I'm looking for projects across genres—everything from sci-fi to memoir, as long as it's for young readers. In all areas, I tend to gravitate to stories that walk the line between literary and commercial, and those with an edge of darkness. I want to read your scary books, whether they're dark thrillers, spooky fantasy, true crime, or straight-up horror. And I'm a sucker for slow-burn and/or star-crossed love stories. (Note that friendship stories are love stories too!)
In speculative genres, send me your character-driven stories with unforgettable settings. I'm especially hankering for non-royal protagonists, original magic systems, and projects set wholly or partially in the real world. In the realistic/mostly realistic sphere, I'm most interested in dark/gritty contemporary; historical fiction from diverse perspectives; unreliable narrators; and elements of weirdness. If you have a project that incorporates a video game element, dissects toxic masculinity, or makes the suburbs magical, send it my way.
I'm also interested in select narrative nonfiction for a MG/YA audience: beautifully written history like SYMPHONY FOR THE CITY OF THE DEAD, memoir such as FUN HOME that examines everyday life in all its absurdity and poignancy, or a book that cuts straight to the heart of an important societal issue—I'm imagining something like Matthew Desmond's EVICTED for kids and teens.
No matter the genre or category, send me characters, plots, and worlds that feel fresh and distinctive. Marginalized and underrepresented voices are ALWAYS welcome!
Submissions should be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org
Please send queries to sg at cbltd.com, including the first ten pages of your manuscript in the body of the email. I strive to review all submissions within three to four weeks.
I'd like the next...
THIS SAVAGE SONG
A MONSTER CALLS
RUNNING WITH SCISSORS (but for a young audience)
THEY BOTH DIE AT THE END
My favorites include...
In no particular order, THE GOLDEN COMPASS, LEGEND, DAUGHTER OF SMOKE AND BONE, THE HATE U GIVE, THE KNIFE OF NEVER LETTING GO, CHARM & STRANGE, THE WINNER'S CURSE, THE GOLEM AND THE JINNI, and so many more!
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